Shame or excitement?

So, I did my official weigh in today. 195.6 That’s 28.4 pounds.

I should be really happy about that, and I am! Don’t get me wrong! I’m super proud of my weight loss and I’m not trying to say that I’m ashamed of myself, but, I guess I’m just ashamed of how I look.

A big big BIG thing for me… I’m sharing a picture of myself. I’m just in my sports bra and a pair of PT shorts. It’s sort of embarrassing, but, I AM proud of my weight loss.

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I don’t really know what to say! I know that I will continue to lose weight. I know that I will not be as “plump” the farther I go in my journey.   I really am putting myself out there, which is NOT like me at all. In the past, I’ve posted pictures of my scale, but NEVER of myself!

Now that I’ve exposed all my “fluffiness” to everyone, I guess there are no more secrets, eh? 😉

Dirty four letter word

SNOW!

That’s right. I said it! Snow.

I HATE snow and starting tomorrow morning it will snow…. until Wednesday…. up to 20″ of it!

TWENTY INCHES OF SNOW!!!!!! I could go play in the ocean and watch the snow fall. This is the south. It’s not supposed to snow here.

Have I mentioned I hate snow?

I think the only GOOD thing about it is I’m making stroganoff soup tomorrow. That should be fun.

Maybe I will go freeze my buns off and help the neighborhood kids build a giant snowman and put a scarf and hat on him.

Okay… You can stop laughing now  we all know that’s not going to happen.

I told my weatherman that we could no longer be friends. I’m cutting ties! I’m sure he’s real concerned. 😉

I’ll post a picture door you guys when it’s done snowing.

Disgusting. Did I mention I hate snow? :-/

My motivation

One of my bloggy buddies made a list of motivators for her weight loss. She wrote about having babies and vacations and some really great things, so, I thought that I would try and write MY motivators up here.

1 This dress (and collar bones)

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This was before I met my husband. I had a rather dorky male roommate, and he didn’t want to go to his Marine Corps Ball alone, so he asked if I would go with him. I told him sure, and I picked out a dress I already had (and still have mind you) and went to a friends house and got my hair did. I walked out of the bathroom after I got dressed and he said “Wow….” LOL I kinda miss that.

 

2 For my family

My family is one of the most important things in the WORLD to me.  I would do ANYTHING for my family, including my brothers and sisters, their offspring and significant others.  That’s just how we were raised. You looked out for your family. You took care of your family. I want to be an example to my family so that they want to take steps to be healthier as well. One of my sisters also does Atkins, and she’s lost like 70 pounds so far doing it! SHE’S the one that got ME started!! And for that, I’m eternally grateful, and extremely proud. (And yes… it was the same sister that told me that eating my Double Quarters with fries was going to make my hiney big. It took almost 15 years…. but she was right! 😉 )

3 For my wallet

I have an entire closet of clothes that I cannot wear! LITERALLY! I have STACKS of pants that are too small. I have LOADS of tops and skirts and this and that… just can’t wear them because I’m just too big! Hopefully I will get to wear the kick butt pencil skirt and silkie tops that my husband bought me as a “WOOHOO! WAY TO GO!” present the last time I was losing weight. He was so proud of me. I was proud of me too. When I fit in them (because I’ve NEVER worn them before!!!!!!) I WILL be putting a picture up here!

4 For Myself

I just am really not comfortable in the skin I’m in. I’ve always been “large” because I have a large frame (I can’t tell you how many of those guess your weight games I’ve won! LOL), but I never really felt LARGE before. I don’t remember who said it… but one time I heard a guy say “Nah… you can tell if she’s fat by her arms. If her arms are fat, then SHE’S fat!” For some reason that really struck me. It has stayed with me all this time. I’m so very self conscious of my arms for that reason. Even tho I DO have big muscles on my arms… I do have fat too… and the fat it what I want to be rid of. It’s slowly leaving, and I still have a long way to go, but I am getting there and that’s all that matters

5 For my joints

Last year I had  knee surgery. The surgeon told me that I would NEVER do high impact workouts ever again. That hurt my heart. I used to love to run! I LOVE doing Jillian Michaels (when I’m in shape), and most of all, I LOVE TurboJam! I can’t do ANY of those things?! When I went to my physical therapy, my therapist said that really, ALL movement is high impact. Including walking. He said for me to have THE LEAST amount of stress on my knee possible would be to lose weight and to get in shape by doing yoga, pilates, the elliptical machine, and swimming. The amount that I’ve lost so far is really helping my joints, I can only imagine being at 150 will do!

 

That’s really all I can think about right now… I guess it’s a bit selfish considering that all but 1 are about me…. but I guess that’s the whole reason behind the list, eh?

Anyone else do this?

Every morning I wake up around 6:15AM. It just happens naturally. It’s strange. I then snuggle with my puppy for a few minutes, then grab my phone to read the entertainment and gossip section of thedigital New York Daily News. Oh sure, sometimes I read the real news, but more often than not it’s just New York news that I could care less about.

Once I’m done with that I listen for the rooster to crow if the hubby isn’t snoring. Then i wait to watch the sun rise from the comfort and warmth of my bed. This mornings sunrise was more orange. Yesterdays was a beautiful pink and mauve.

I don’t know if this is normal, but it’s what I do just about every single morning. It works for me. That is, until my pup decides it’s time to get up and then she puts her big fat head over my face like she’s saying “get up and let me pee before I smother you to death.”

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A little more about me & the fam

So, I was told that I need to write MORE!

*I* think I lead a rather boring life, but I guess to some it might seem interesting. *shrug*

First off, I guess I should tell you a little more about me.

This is 16 year old Nacho (aka Jacque)

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THIS is 33 year old Nacho (on the set of Sleepy Hollow, we’ll get to that later… LOL)

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HA! I still love this picture. It’s just GREAT! This was Episode 5 (or 6 if you count the pilot). LONG but really fun day!

Between the picture of me at 16 and the picture of me at 33, I had gained about 80 pounds. I am 224 pounds (or right about) in the picture with me and the hangman. Now, I’m not saying that I need to be 145 pounds again. I really don’t care WHAT my weight is, as long as I’m at a healthy weight for me. I KNOW that the lower “healthy” BMI is WAY too low for me. I NEED to be around 150-155. I have broad shoulders, big hips, and 7″ wrists. I’m not made to be a tiny size 3 (even tho I once was.. ew)

I’m married to my 2nd husband, Sam, for just over 5 years now (our anniversary is the end of December) and we have really packed on the pounds together.

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That was when Bug was inducted into National Elementary Honors Society last March. (She’s the smarty pants of the family. I preferred to  use my wit and charm to pass classes. Which totally worked! NOT!) It doesn’t really help that he takes half a Pharmacy of medication a day for all the things that happened to him while he was in the Marine Corps. It’s not optimal, but, it’s what we do to get us thru the day!

Jillian is my little 10 year old Bug. She’s smart, kind, beautiful, and she has a love of the Arts. She reads at a high school level, but is only in 5th grade. She’s a local actress, but she wants to be more. (Here’s where that Sleepy Hollow thing comes in!) She’s been an extra on Sleepy Hollow, tho they cut just about every extra for the scene out. It was a 12 hour shoot day and she didn’t even make it on screen! LOL She was SO upset, but, I told her that’s how it is sometimes.

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Yes.. that’s her with Tom Mison, AKA Ichabod Crane. He’s a very nice man. While on set Jillian got several “fist bumps” from him, which immediately left them as BFITEUF! (Best Friends In The Entire Universe Forever!) The 2nd picture is of her after her opening performance of A Christmas Carol at our local theatre. And then just a random headshot I threw in because I love it. LOL

I do have a son as well! His name is Austin, but we call him Monk, or Monkey. He’s had this nickname since he was about 6 months old, climbing out of shopping buggies and trying to walk (yes.. at 6 months). He’s currently living with my Momma in Texas. She had cancer last year, and my step dad had to relocate for work, but they didn’t want to leave Texas, so, when the kids went to visit over the summer, he just stayed to help her out. He’s always been a Grammys Boy. He would walk the solar system for her.

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Unfortunately, I don’t have as many recent pictures of him as I do Jillian. But this one was from when they were here for A Christmas Carol. He’s 15. (Ignore the calendar that says November behind him!!) He’s also a great kid. He has a heart of gold and would do anything to help someone. He also has ADHD, which really affects his social skills. He’s kinda awkward around people, but he does really try! I love this boy with all my heart! He’s the bees knees in my eyes. 🙂

We also have a “mini farm.” We raise chickens and rabbits, and we have a small orchard and a garden. Of course, now being low carb, my gardening plans have changed a bit! LOL Growing LOTS of cauliflower and broccoli, green beans, eggplant, cuckes, watermelon, and corn for the fam.

And just because I told a certain someone (I’m looking at YOU Carolina!! LOL) that I would post a picture of the fuzzy butt Silkies I hatched last week, here they are. 😉

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Mother Nature needs a Midol

As some of you know, I live on the southern coast of North Carolina. You know…. sandy beaches… close to Myrtle Beach… warm… vacationy!

Well, Mother Nature had decided that she hates us and it is currently 14°. Um, no! This is NOT how The South (yes, The South is capitalized!) is meant to be! Either Mother Nature needs a Midol, or God forgot to pay the electric bill! Don’t care which it was, but someone PLEASE do something! For REAL!

Anyways! I stumbled upon this DELICIOUS hot chocolate recipe in the beginning of December along with a chocolate mousse recipe, and I may or may not have had to buy a new container of unsweetened cocoa powder about 2 weeks later. I’ve posted this before, but it’s so good, it needs another post!

1.5 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (Hersheys is what I used)

2-4 tablespoons coconut oil or butter (if you’re not used to coconut oil, use butter! Trust me.)

2 packets sweetener (I used about a tablespoon of Splenda)

3 tablespoons hwc

Heat mug of water, blend (in a blender) all ingredients, serve in a mug. Yummy!

I promise you that you will thank me! Your hands won’t freeze to you hot mug of cocoa and you will say “That Nacho! She’s the best!” And you will go about you day whistling a merry tune! Don’t do that if you’re outside tho, you may inadvertently freeze your lips that way and everyone will laugh at you.

I promise you that you will love it. Even tho it’s water and butter. Trust me!

For those of you doing low carb, this has less than 3 carbs. For those not, sorry, I have no idea what the calorie count is! I still love you tho! ❤ (See! That heart is true 'net love!) 😉

Until next time! Remember, there is no I in team…. unless you speak Spanish.

Friday weigh-in!

Ummmmmm….. I just want to say

WAAAAHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

196.4

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I’ve lost 3.6 pounds since last week! (And yes… #9 is my favorite Dr, followed closely by #10!)

 

I was so ecstatic when I stepped on the scale this morning! I wanted to shout it from the rooftop! First thing I did was text my sister, because she’s the one that really got me started doing Atkins in the first place. Next thing I did was go jump on my bed with my husband sleeping in it. He grumpily told me to knock it off to which I exclaimed “CAN’T I’M IN ONEDERLAND!” to which he replied “Alice?” and I laughed and ran off.

Hooray!!!!!!!

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